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Sep 02 2012

Barton: God’s Gonna Come Down and Punish Us

David Barton’s latest crazy pronouncement is that God himself is going to come right down from heaven to demand an explanation for economic policies that Barton doesn’t like (but which he’s mostly imagined, of course). Great. As soon as he comes down here, I’ll take Barton seriously. Until then, he’s still a buffoon. Wake me when God gets here.

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  1. 1
    MikeMa

    Is Barton sliding further down the crazy chute?

    His crap has always been delusional (read lies) but it seems to me that he’s fallen farther recently. It might be that his normal is just so far from my normal, but predicting god gigs seems new or at least a ramp up from Barton Baseline Crazy(TM).

  2. 2
    otrame

    Hmm. The bible says that you should not cut the corners of your fields, nor should you glean your own fields, so that there will be wheat available for the poor to come and get. So they don’t starve.

    And he is going to have to show me here Jesus saiid, “Reward the rich, vilify the poor, for such is the Kingdom of Heavan”.

  3. 3
    otrame

    MikeMa, Barton is not crazy. Barton is a con man, making a good living selling lies to people who can’t bear the truth.

  4. 4
    Michael Heath

    One of the most ironic observations I make about Christian fundamentalists and evangelicals is that no other large American group so universally behaves in a way that guarantees eternal punishment as described by Christian dogma. And it’s not like they appear to be relying on their ability to time their repentance in the future after they’ve had their fun bearing false witness against others and treating the least among us like pariahs – and demanding our government do the same. They’re now overt in their hatred towards others.

    They also demonstrate total obliviousness to how their behavior is the opposite of biblical edicts ascribed to Jesus; even the ones who appear literate to the New Testament’s relevant passages. The ones I’ve raised this issue to in meat-world incoherently rationalize they’re ‘good with God’ by either being:
    a) nice to some of their like-minded believers or,
    b) rarely nice to some vulnerable individual not like them,
    is some sort of effective act which cancels out their promoting lies, hatred, and persecution of those fellow American groups who don’t look or believe like them. Or their horrible treatment of those in power who seek to represent those ostracized by evangelicals and fundamentalists – like their gay children, secularists, females, or Muslims.

  5. 5
    John Hinkle

    God’s “ordained” economic policies? Let’s run that through the translator:

    Barton’s ordained economic policies.

    There.
     
    You know, I’m sure God has ordained stuff for me that I handily ignore. The Sky Guy must be having a shit fit, with feet a-stomping and neck veins a-bulging.

  6. 6
    raven

    The problem Barton has is the same one Glenn Beck has.

    After you’ve lied a lot and said a lot of crazy things, you have to keep on upping the crazy. There is an escalation process or feedback loop going on here.

    Eventually you reach Beck’s level, where even Fox News, the outlet for our lunatic fringes, can’t take him seriously anymore. Beck is now considered the lunatic fringe of…our lunatic fringes.

  7. 7
    raven

    Whether Barton is crazy or a conman is an interesting question. It may not be answerable and he could be both.

    As dismaying as it seems, he quite possibly isn’t clinically insane. That would at least provide an understandable reason for his atrocious conduct.

  8. 8
    Artor

    Hey! My imaginary sky-daddy can beat up your imaginary sky-daddy! So there!

  9. 9
    John Pieret

    Because, after all, Adam Smith was a phophet of God and The Wealth of Nations is the 28th book of the New Testament.

  10. 10
    bobaho

    Beck is now considered the lunatic fringe of…our lunatic fringes.

    Which comes with a soundtrack!. (btw – Is it a coincidence this was released in 1981, the same year the great Raygun took charge?)

  11. 11
    bobaho

    oops forgot to close the html tag.

  12. 12
    Michael Heath

    John Pieret writes:

    Because, after all, Adam Smith was a phophet of God and The Wealth of Nations is the 28th book of the New Testament.

    Adam Smith and his work is as misconstrued by contemporaneous American conservatives as a conservative Christian acting out in a manner contra biblical edicts on how to treat others.

  13. 13
    peicurmudgeon

    Ed, you’re going to sleep much longer than either Rip van Winkle or Sleeping Beauty. Your beard will probide the material for an elevator to the moon.

  14. 14
    Marcus Ranum

    Beck is now considered the lunatic fringe of…our lunatic fringes.

    “The tassel on the lunatic fringe”

  15. 15
    John Pieret

    @ Michael Heath

    Adam Smith and his work is as misconstrued by contemporaneous American conservatives as a conservative Christian acting out in a manner contra biblical edicts on how to treat others.

    I’m not sure that Smith is much condemned in conservative Christian circles for misconstruing biblical edicts but it a safe bet that they confuse “capitalism” (scare quotes because I don’t think they understand it all all) with “American God-given exceptionalism”. On the other hand, a very large part of our economic success was due to the fight against the unrestrained effects of capitalism.

  16. 16
    kantalope

    Lunatic Tassles just has a nice ring to it. Band name?

  17. 17
    skinnercitycyclist

    Because, after all, Adam Smith was a phophet of God and The Wealth of Nations is the 28th book of the New Testament.

    Barton and ilk misunderstand Smith as they misunderstand the bible as they misunderstand the Constitution. Because they are fundamentalists in all things literary, they have no idea where to begin to make a decent case for a coherent interpretation. I suspect low reading skills as well, perhaps a learning disability. I seriously doubt whether Barton has read anything but excerpts from Wealth of Nations, but it does not matter, as he can just make up what he hasn’t read or doesn’t understand, just as he does with the Constitution (or the Bible, for that matter…)

  18. 18
    sharonb

    New Testament Christian Church – original intent – circa Day of Pentecost = Pure Communism -> everybody shared their belongings and wages and property.

    They are not even Biblically literate. It is a Western European (White Patriarchal) fantasy world they live in. It bears little resemblance to Biblical Christianity.

    Of course, in addition to being Communists, the original Christians worshiped a swarthy dude. I hear he was Middle Eastern and a Semite. Probably conclude he was a terrist, if they met him.

  19. 19
    Nick Gotts

    john Pieret@9,

    People of the same trade seldom meet together, even for merriment and diversion, but the conversation ends in a conspiracy against the public, or in some contrivance to raise prices.

    - Adam Smith The Wealth of Nations, Book 1, Ch. 10, para 28

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    jnorris

    Raven is right in #7 with the addition of Lunitic Competition. There are only so many Republican Tea Partiers out there. Each of which has only so much time per day to view/listen to Teh Crazz! So Barton, Coulter, O’Reilly, Limbaugh, and everyone at Fauz News have to up the crazy to be heard over their competition.

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